Molten Chocolate Cakes

These luscious chocolate cakes are the perfect ending to a romantic dinner for two.  For an extra special touch, sometimes I omit the espresso powder and sprinkle liquor over the cakes right after unmolding.  Whiskey, Cointreau, Frangelico, and Amaretto are all welcome here. In my experience, the fluted Pyrex cupsunmold easier than straight-sided ramekins.  5.0 [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Cheesecake Brownie Bites

I grew up on a steady diet of old black and white TV show re-runs.  No, I’m not that old—I’m in my mid 20s.  My mom and I used to watch episodes of I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show and Perry Mason nightly.  I’d rather watch old re-runs than today’s TV shows.  In fact, [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Banana Puddin’

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Does this recipe really need an introduction?  Southerners are born and raised on this stuff.  There’s a distinct rule when it comes to banana pudding: the first version you eat will be your favorite.  So, if your momma tops it with meringue, you will always prefer that to whipped cream.  If your grandma makes it [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I’ve been tinkering with my chocolate cupcake recipe lately, because my original one, while delicious, made slightly too much batter for 4 cupcake liners.  I love the new version I’ve come up with because it has even more chocolate flavor.  I hope my niece and nephews approve this recipe–they’re my biggest fans and they are the true [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread

I saw a recipe for a fruited upside down gingerbread loaf in a vegetarian cookbook a few years ago.  I have since misplaced the cookbook, but still crave this recipe.  I think the recipe used apples instead of pears, so feel free to substitute.  But the first pears have come off the trees in our [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Spice Cupcakes with Plum Glaze

We’re off to Big Sur for a bit to embrace the arrival of fall.  The beauty of the California central coast eases the Texas homesick pain.  Wood-fired pizza and croissants at Big Sur Bakery help as well.  While I’m gone, stop by your local farm stand and pick up some plums.  Even if you don’t think [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Plum Buckle

A buckle is a streusel-topped cake that contains fresh fruit.  My favorite fruit to include in a buckle is plum for its tart and sweet bite.  I added ground ginger to my plum buckle because I can hardly wait for the warm spices of fall.  Ground cinnamon is just as good.  I used diced plums here [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Black and White Cookies

When I was in high school, my family went to Manhattan for a summer vacation.  We had such a blast that we repeated the same vacation the next summer too.  Black and White cookies are a classic New York cookie that has a texture more similar to cake than baked cookies.  Each time I eat one [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Cheesecake with Honey-ed Peaches

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Cheesecake is such a rich dessert that a small 4 ½” cake is the perfect serving size for two.  The acidity in honey makes it an ideal ingredient for marinating fruit.  The result is fruit with a meltingly tender texture, almost as if it has been cooked.  And the whiskey just puts it over the top.  My favorite Texas [ Click to continue Reading! ]